08 March 2016

First in India updated

Following are first in India happenings


The first President of Indian Republic Dr. Rajendra Prasad
The first Prime Minister of free India Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru
The first Indian to win Nobel Prize Rabindranath Tagore
The first President of Indian National Congress W.C. Banerjee
The first Muslim President of Indian National Congress Badruddin Tayyabji
The first Muslim President of India Dr. Zakir Hussain
The first British Governor General of India Lord William Bentinck(1833-1835)
The first British Governor General of Bengal Lord Warren Hasting(1774-1885)
The first British Viceroy of India Lord Canning
The first Governor General of free India Lord Mountbatten
The first and the last Indian to be Governor General of free India C. Rajgopalachari
The first man who introduced printing press in India James Hicky
The first Indian to join the I.C.S Satyendra Nath Tagore
India’s first man in Space Rakesh Sharma
The first Prime Minister of India who resigned without completing the full term Morarji Desai
The first Indian Commander-in-Chief of India General Cariappa
The first Chief of Army Staff Gen. Maharaj Rajendra Singhji
The first Indian Member of the Viceroy’s executive council S.P.Sinha
The first President of India who died while in office Dr. Zakhir Hussain
The first Muslim President of Indian Republic Dr. Zakhir Hussain
The first Prime Minister of India who did not face the Parliament Charan Singh
The first Field Marshal of India S.H.F. Manekshaw
The first Indian to get Nobel Prize in Physics C.V.Raman
The first Indian to receive Bharat Ratna award Dr. Radhakrishnan
The first Indian to cross English Channel Mihir Sen
The first Person to receive Jnanpith award Sri Shankar Kurup
The firs Speaker of the Lok Sabha Ganesh Vasudeva Mavalankar
The first Vice-President of India Dr. Radhakrishnan
The first Education Minister Abdul Kalam Azad
The first Home minister of India Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel
The first Indian Air Chief Marshal S. Mukherjee
The first Indian Naval Chief Vice Admiral R.D. Katari
The first Judge of International Court of Justice Dr. Nagendra Singh
The first person to reach Mt. Everest without oxygen Sherpa Anga Dorjee
The first person to get Param Vir Chakra Major Somnath Sharma
The first Chief Election Commissioner Sukumar Sen
The first person to receive Magsaysay Award Acharya Vinoba Bhave
The first person of Indian origin to receive Nobel Prize in Medicine Hargovind Khurana
The first Chinese traveller to visit India Fahein
The first person to receive Stalin Prize Saifuddin Kitchlu
The first person to resign from the Central Cabinet Shyama Prasad Mukherjee
The first person to receive Nobel Prize in Economics Amartya Sen
The first Chief Justice of Supreme Court Justice Hirala J. Kania
The first Indian Pilot J.R.D. Tata (1929)


The first lady to become Miss World Rita Faria
The first woman judge in Supreme Court Mrs. Meera Sahib Fatima Bibi
The first woman Ambassador Miss C.B. Muthamma
The first woman Governor of a state in free India Mrs Sarojini Naidu
The first woman Speaker of a State Assembly Shanno Devi
The first woman Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi
The first woman Minister in a Government Rajkumari Amrit Kaur
The first woman to climb Mount Everest Bachhendri Pal
The first woman to climb Mount Everest twice Santosh Yadav
The first woman President of Indian National Congress Mrs Annie Besant
The first woman pilot in Indian Air Force Harita Kaur Dayal
The first woman Graduates Kadambini Ganguly and Chandramukhi Basu, 1883
The first woman Airline Pilot Durba Banerjee
The first woman Honours Graduate Kamini Roy, 1886
The first woman Olympic medal Winner Karnam Malleswari, 2000
The first woman Asian Games Gold Medal Winner Kamlijit Sandhu
The first woman Lawyer Cornelia Sorabjee
The first woman President of United Nations General Assembly Mrs Vijaya Laxmi Pandit
The first woman Chief Minister of an Indian State Mrs Sucheta Kripalani
The first woman Chairman of Union Public Service Commission Roze Millian Bethew
The first woman Director General of Police Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya
The first woman Judge Anna Chandy (She became judge in a district court in 1937)
The first woman Cheif Justice of High Court Mrs Leela Seth (Himachal Pradesh High Court)
The first woman Judge in Supreme Court of India Kumari Justice M. Fathima Beevi
The first woman Lieutenant General Puneeta Arora
The first woman Air Vice Marshal P. Bandopadhyaya
The first woman chairperson of Indian Airlines Sushma Chawla
The first woman IPS officer Mrs. Kiran Bedi
The first and last Muslim woman ruler of India Razia Sultan
The first woman to receive Ashoka Chakra Nirja Bhanot
The first woman to receive Jnanpith Award Ashapurna Devi
The first woman to cross English Channel Aarti Saha
The first woman to receive Nobel Prize Mother Teresa
The first woman to receive Bharat Ratna Mrs Indira Gandhi
The first woman to receive Jnanpith Award Ashpurna Devi

First in Governance

First President of India Dr. Rajendra Prasad (1950-1962)
First Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru (1947-1964). The first term lasted till 1952 after which he was re-elected.
First Vice President of India Dr. S Radhakrishan
First Deputy Prime Minister of India Vallabhbhai Patel
First Prime Minister to be voted out of Office India Ghandi (1977) when the Indian National Congress lost to he Janta Party.
First Sikh Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
First Sikh President Giani Zail Singh
First Non-Congress Government by Janta Party with Morarji Desai as the Prime Minister (1977-1980)
First Prime Minster of India resigned without completing his full term Morarji Desai
First Prime Minister to lead a minority government for a full term(five years) P.V. Narasimha Rao, June 21, 1991 to May 16 1996
First Prime Minster from South India P.V. Narasimha Rao, June 21, 1991 to May 16 1996
First Governor-General Warren Hastings
First British Governor-General Lord William Bentick
First British Viceroy of India Lord Canning
First Governor General of Independent India Lord Mountbatten, 1947
First and Last Indian Governor-General of Indian Union C Rajagopalachari, 1948
First Chief Justice of India Justice Hiralal J Kania
First Indian to pass ICS Surendra Nath Banerjee
First Indian ICS Officer Satyendranath Tagore, 1863
First Speaker of Lok Sabha Shri G.V. Mavlankar
First Finance Minister of Independent India Shri R.K.Shanmukhan Chettys
Presentation of First Budget after India's Independence Shri R.K.Shanmukhan Chettys on Nov. 26, 1947
First President to die in Office Dr. Zakhir Hussain
First Prime Minister who did not face the Parliament Charan Singh
First Chief Justice of Supreme Court to become President of India Justice M Hidaytullah
First Education Minister Abul Kalam Azad
First Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
First Chief Election Commissioner Sukumar Sen
First Minister to regin from Union Cabinet Shyama Prasad Mukherjee (1950)

First in Noble Prizes

First Noble Prize Winner Rabindranath Tagore for the Noble Prize in Literature, 1913.
 He was also the first Asian to get the Prize.
First Noble Prize in Physics C.V. Raman in 1930
First Noble Prize in Medicine Har Gobind Khorana in 1968. (Indian Born US Citizen)
First Noble Peace Prize Mother Teresa in 1979. (Albanian nun, Indian Citizen)
First Noble Prize in Economics Amartya Sen in 1998

First in Science and Technology

First Hydroelectric Plant On the Ganganachukki waterfall of the Sivasamudram Falls, Karnataka, built in 1902
First City to have electricity Banglore, in 1906 (it was in fact the first city to have electricity)
First Man in Space Rakesh Sharma aboard Salyut 7, on April 03, 1984. He was the 138th man in space world-wide.
First Women in Space Kalpana Chawla aboard Space Shuttle Columbia flight STS-87, on November 19,1997
 She was a naturalized United States citizen, and represented the US during the event.
First Test-tube baby Durga Agarwal, born 1978
First Scienfific Expedition to Antarctica 1981
First Nuclear Reactor Tarapur, Maharashtra
First Genetically Modified Food Product in India Bt. Egg Plant Hybrid
First Satellite Aryabhatta, launched on April 19, 1975
First Satellite dedicated exclusively for educational services EDUSET
First Successfully Indigenous Launch Vehicle SLV-3
The first person in the world to land on the moon Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E Aldrin Jr of USA (Armstrong was the first to set foot on the moon followed by Aldrin) - July 21, 1969
First man to enter space (or the world's first cosmonaut) Yuri Gagarin (Russian)
The first returnable space shuttle Colombia
The first disabled satellite repaired in space Solar Max
The first unmanned moon-buggy to explore surface of the moon Lunokhod-I (Russia)
The first unmanned spaceship to have soft-landed and lifted off from the moon to return to earth. Luna - 16 (Russia) (Sept. 21, 1970)
The first manned space vehicle to land on the moon Lunar Exploration Module (LEM) nick named "Eagle"
The first country to send men on the moon USA
The first to launch earth satellite or "artificial baby moon" Russia
The first woman cosmonaut of the world Valentina Tereshkova (Russian)
The first person to float in space Alexei Lenov (Russian)
The first American astronaut (and second person in the world) to float in space Edward White
The first country to launch a cosmic space rocket towards moon USSR
The first space rocket to hit the moon Lunik-II
The first spaceship in the world to sample moon's crust Surveyor-3 (USA)
The first space vehicle to soft-land on Moon Luna-9 (Russia)
The first space vehicle to orbite the moon Luna-10 (Russia)
The first space-craft to leave solar system Pioneer II
The first American manned spaceship to perform crew transfer in space Apollo-9 (USA)
The first manned spacehip to perform space flight round the moon Apollo-8 (USA)

First in Sports

First Olympic team medal Gold for Hockey at the 1928 Summer Olympics Amsterdam, beating the Nethherlands.
First Olympic individual medal (in British India) Norman Pritchard, 1900
First Olympic individual medal Bronze by K.D. Jadhav for wrestling at the 1952 Summer Olympic Helsinki.
First Person to swim across the English Channel Mihir Sen,
First Women to swim across the English Channel Mihir Sen, 1958
First Formula I race driver Narain Karthikeyan
First Formula I team Force India F1
First A1 GP race victory Narain Karthikeyan, Zhuhai, China, 2007
First Asian Games organised Delhi (1951)
First in CHESS
First Chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand in 1988, at the age of 18
First FIDE World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand in December 2000
First Undisputed World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand in September 2007
First in TENNIS
First Tennis Grand Slam title Mahesh Bhupati (partnering with Japanese Rika Hiraki) in the Mixed Doubles category of the 1997 French Open
First Tennis Grand Slam win by a women Nirupama Vaidyanathan beat Italian Gloria Pizzichini in the First round of 1998 Australian Open First Women in 4th round (higest as of 2008) of a tennis
Grand Slam event Sania Mirza in the Singles Category of the 2005 US Open
First Tennis Grand Slam Junior title Leander Paes in the Singles category of the 1990 Wimbledon Championship. He is also the only medal fetcher for India in the Atlanta Olympics. He won a bronze medal, the only medal that put India in the medal tally.
First Tennis Grand Slam Junior title by a women Sania Mirza (partnering with Russian Alisa Kleybanova) in the Doubles category of the 2003 Wimbledon Championships.
First in CRICKET
First Cricket tournament The Bombay Triangular which Later became the Bombay Quadrangular (1912-1936)
First Cricket Test Match Against England at Lord's June,25, 1932
First Cricket Captain CK Nayudu for the 1932 tour of England
First Cricketer to score a century Lala Amarnath in 1933 against England in South Bombay
First Cricketer to score a triple century Vijay Hazare
First Test Cricket cricket hat-trick Harbhajan Singh against Austrlia in March 2001
First Cricketer World Cup Championship Win At the 1983 Cricket World Cup
First Batsman to complete 10,000 runs in Test Cricket Sunil Gavaskar (he was the first in the world to achieve this feat.)
First Batsman to complete 10,000 runs in ODI Cricket Sachin Tendulkar (he was the first in the world to achieve this feat.)
First Cricketer to score 75 Test and ODI centuries Sachin Tendulkar

First in Awards and Titles

First Miss World Reita Faria in 1966
First Miss Universe Susmita Sen in 1994
First Booker Prize Arundhati Roy for The God of Small Things in 1997
First Bharat Ratna Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishan, C. Rajagopalachari, and Dr. C.V. Raman in 1954
First Foreigner to receive Bharat Ratna Khan Abdul Ghaffar
First Person to receive Stalin Prize Saifuddin Kitchlu
First Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan
First Person to receive Jnapith Award Shri Shankar Kurup
First Dadasaheb Phalke Award Devika Rani in 1969
First Ashoka Chakra Award to a civilian (posthumous) D.K. Jatar, captain of the sabotaged plane Kashmir Princess, for "most conspicuous bravery, daring and self-sacrifice."
First Magsaysay Award Vinoba Bhave
First Winner of a major literary award in the United States Dhan Gopal Mukerji
First Ford Supermodel of the World(contest) Bipasha Basu, 1996
First Indian recipient of 'Oscar Award' Bhanu Athaiya

First in Defense

First Commander-in-Chief of Free India General Sir Roy Bucher
First Indian Commander-in-Chief of Free India General Kodandera Madappa Cariappa, 1949
First Chief of Air Staff Air Marshall Sir Thomas Elmhirst
First Indian Chief of Staff Air Marshall Subroto Mukerjee, 1954
First Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral R D Katari
First Field Marshall of India S.H.F. Manekshaw
First Person to receive Paramvir Chakra Major Somnath Sharma
First Cosmonaut Sqn Ldr Rakesh Sharma, 1984
First Atomic Submarine of India INS Chakra
First Medium Range Missile Agni
First Indian Missile Prithvi (Striking range - 250 kms)
India's First Nuclear Centre Tarapur

First in Film and TV

First Sound Film Alam Ara, 1931
First Oscar winner Bhanu Athaiya for the Best Costume Design for Gandhi (film) in 1982
First Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film Mother India in 1957
First National Film Award for Cinema Shyamchi Aai in 1954
First Colorized Film Mughal-e-Azam in 2004(the original black-and-white version was released in 1960)
First Sponsored TV Serial Hum Log, started in 1984, was also the first soap opera of India
First Actor to entact 10 roles Kamal Haasan

First Heads of States (World)

The first President of the USA George Washington
The first Prime Minister of Great Britain Walpole
The first President of the Chinese Republic (1912) Sun Yat-Sen
The first Chairman of the Central Government of the People's Republic of China formally established in Peking in October, 1949 Mao Tse-tung
The first Governor-General of Pakistan Mohammad Ali Jinnah
The last king of France Louis Philippe
The first ever woman Prime Minister of a country in the world Mrs S. Bandaranaike (Sri Lanka)
The first woman to become Prime Minster of a country twice Mrs S. Bandaranaike
First Visitors, Invaders
The first European invader on Indian Soil Alexander the Great
The first European to visit China Marco Polo
The first Chinese pilgrim who came to India Fa-hein
The first British Prime Minister to visit India Harold Macmillan
The first President of the USA to visit India D. Eisenhower
The first Soviet Prime Minister to visit India V.I. Bulganin

First in World

Chairman of Peoples Republic of China Mao-Tse-Tung
President of the Chinese Republic Dr. Sun Yat Sen
President of USA George Washington
Chinese Traveller to India Fahein
Foreign Invader to India Alexander the Great
Person to reach South Pole Amudsen
Person to reach North Pole Robert Pearey
Person in Space Yuri Gagarin
Person on Moon Neil Armstrong
Lady to Climb Mount Everst Junko Taibei
European to visit China Marco Polo
Place where atom bomb was dropped Hiroshima
Man to walk in Space Alexei Leonov
Women cosmonaut in Space Valentina Tereshkova
Woman Prime Minister of a country Mrs. Srimavo Bhandarnaike
Women President of a country Maria Estela Peron
First north-south crossing of Australia Burke, Robert O'Hana (1860-1861)
First sea journey around the world Magellan

First in Others

First Wax statue of a Living Indian Mahatma Gandhi at Madame Tussaud's in 1939
First Chinese pilgrim to Visit India Fa-hien
First Exclusive internet magazine Bharat Samachar
First Miss India to participate in Miss Universe Indrani Rehman
First President of Indian National Congress W.C. Bannerjee, 1885
First Muslim President of the Indian National Congress Badruddin Tayyabji
First Judge in International Court of Justice Dr. Nagender Singh
First Graduate in Medicine Soorjo Coomar Goodeve Chukerbutty
India's First University Nalanda University
India's First Open University Andhra Pradesh Open University
India's First Lok Sabha Member to be elected with a record maximum number of votes P.V.Narasimha Rao
First Indian to reach Antarctica Lt. Ram Charan
First British to Visit India Hawkins
First Test tube baby of India Indira (Baby Harsha)
First Post Office Opened in India Kolkata(1727)
Last Updated: 08 Mar 2016

04 March 2016

Monthly Sports News 2016 February

Monthly Sports News 2016 February

Sindhu, Srikanth lead Indian challenge at German Open

With Saina Nehwal missing another event due to fitness issues, PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth will spearhead the Indian challenge at the USD 120,000 German Grand Prix Gold starting with the qualifiers .

Lewis says no to professional boxers at Olympics

Former World and Olympic champion Lennox Lewis has slammed a proposal to allow professional boxers to compete at the Olympics, saying that it could be dangerous for young amateur boxers.

Napoli's Insigne robbed at gunpoint: Report

Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne has become the latest in a long line of players from the Serie A club to be robbed at gunpoint, according to reports .

Fit-again Kashyap aims to seal Olympics berth

Racing against time to seal his Olympic berth, a fit-again Parupalli Kashyap is back in the hunt for the Rio spot after recovering from a series of injuries which derailed his preparation for the Summer Games.

Arundhati, Vaishnavi go down fighting in semifinals

The impressive run of Arundhati Pantawane and Vaishnavi Bhale came to an end in the semifinals of the All India Senior Ranking Badminton tournament at Atul, Gujarat, .

Huck set sights on Glowacki after Afolabi win

Marco Huck has set his sights on regaining his WBO title after his technical knock-out win over Britain's Ola Afolabi gave him the IBO cruiserweight belt.

Santa Cruz stops Martinez in 5th to stay undefeated

Leo Santa Cruz stopped Kiko Martinez for his first defence of the WBA featherweight title, which could put him in line for a super-fight in one of boxing's strongest divisions.

McIlroy tops Rooney thanks to Frampton title win

Carl Frampton defeated Scott Quigg on a split points decision to become the WBA and IBF super-bantamweight champion and guaranteed fellow Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy a night out at Wayne Rooney's expense.

US firm to produce documentary on Yuvraj Singh

A US-based firm will produce a documentary on 2011 Cricket World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh's life, TOI has learnt.

Indian hockey team to attend coaching camp in March-April

The Indian men's hockey team will undergo a month-long coaching camp to prepare for the upcoming tournaments at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Centre here from March 7 to April 8.

Virat Kohli's Pakistani fan who hoisted tricolour gets bail

A Pakistani court has granted bail to a young die-hard fan of ace Indian batsman Virat Kohli after he spent more than a month behind bars over treason charges for hoisting the Indian tricolour atop his home.

Arundhati enters quarters in All India Senior Ranking Badminton

Making a comeback to the national-level badminton after her wedding early last month, Arundhati Pantawane stormed into the quarterfinals of the All India Senior Ranking Badminton tournament at Atul, Gujarat, .

Salve benefit one-day boxing tournament on March 6

Kamptee Taluka Boxing Association under the auspices of Nagpur District Boxing Association (NDBA) is holding a one-day boxing meet 'Champions Night' on March 6 here at the Divisional Sports Complex, Mankapur.

Indian boxers running risk of being barred from Olympics

This is the latest missive from the International Boxing Association (AIBA) after a meeting of its various commissions in Manchester recently.

Little Afghan Messi fan still keen to meet idol

The five-year-old Afghan boy who won the Internet's heart when he was pictured wearing a plastic bag as an improvised Lionel Messi jersey is still eager to meet the Argentine football superstar, he said .

Will give my all to be in Rio: Vijender Singh

Beijing Olympics bronze medallist Vijender Singh has welcomed the world body's (AIBA) suggestion to allow professional boxers to participate in the Olympics.

Santa Cruz eyes 'spectacular' defence against Martinez

Unbeaten Leo Santa Cruz is looking for a "spectacular" display in his World Boxing Association featherweight title defence against Kiko Martinez that could put him in line for a title unification bout.

Jat stir has pushed Haryana back in time: Chess player Anuradha Beniwal

The chess player, now an avid traveller and writer, joins the likes of Randeep Hooda, Virender Sehwag and Vijender Singh in asking the Jat community to end the senseless violence in Haryana.

RCB not Mallya's baby anymore

The liquor baron has resigned with effect from February 25, 2016, as chairman and non-executive director of United Spirits Limited (USL), Four Seasons Wines Limited and also from his position as a director of Royal Challengers Sports Private Limited (RCSPL).

AIBA plan for pros in Rio is farcical, says Briton Smith

A proposal to allow established professional boxers to compete in the Olympic Games in Rio this year is farcical, one of Britain's leading boxing administrators said.

Vijender Singh to take on Hungary's Alexander Horvath on March 12

Unbeaten with demolishing victories in the previous three contests, star Indian boxer Vijender Singh will take on a slightly more experienced Hungarian Alexander Horvath in his fourth professional bout on March 12 in Liverpool.

Sania, Kohli lead pack of 56 Indians in Forbes' Asia list

Sania Mirza, Virat Kohli and Saina Nehwal lead the pack of over 50 Indians in Forbes' inaugural list of top "promising young leaders and game changers" under the age of 30 in Asia.

Indian doubles shuttlers spend too much time training: Kamilla

Three-time medallist at World Championship, Denmark's women's doubles star Kamilla Rytter Juhl feels Indian doubles shuttlers spend too much time training on the court and it affects their intensity during matches in international tournaments.

Professional boxers could be cleared to compete in Olympics

Professional boxers could be eligible to compete in this year's Olympics under proposals put forward by the sport's world governing body.

Vikas Krishan all set for AIBA Pro Boxing debut

Former World Championships bronze-medallist Vikas Krishan (75kg) will become the first Indian boxer to compete in the AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) competition when he takes on Uzbekistan's Israil Madrimov in Tashkent .

Ronaldo first athlete to get 200 mn social media followers

Real Madrid star striker Cristiano Ronaldo has made social media history by becoming the first athlete to reach 200 million followers across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Sepp Blatter's book about life at FIFA published this month

Sepp Blatter's long-awaited book about his life at FIFA is expected to be published within days.

Title defense off for injured Thurman

Undefeated world champion Keith Thurman was hurt in a car accident, forcing his March 12 welterweight title defense in Connecticut against Shawn Porter to be postponed, organizers said Monday.

Vijender set for Delhi show

With three knockouts under his belt, Vijender Singh has started well on the professional circuit. The progress made by him in the ring has made his UK-based promoters advance his title fight from September to June.

Bangladesh cricketer faces trial for assaulting 11-year-old maid

A Bangladeshi court ruled that national cricketer Shahadat Hossain and his wife should face trial for assaulting an 11-year-old girl they employed as a maid.

Philippines probes Manny Pacquiao for poll violations

The Philippines' election commission said Monday it would consider a complaint accusing boxing champion Manny Pacquiao of violating election regulations by promoting his upcoming fight in the thick of the campaign.

Asian Badminton: Indonesia, China victorious

Indonesian men and Chinese women were crowned continental champions at the Badminton Asia Team Championships here . Japan ended on the wrong side in both categories losing with an identical 2-3 margin in the two finals.

Vijender's maiden title bout set for June 11 tentatively

Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh's maiden professional title bout was today tentatively scheduled for June 11 at the Indira Gandhi Indoor stadium here with the event's sanctioning authority -- the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) -- promising a "historic and epic" contest.

I'm surprised that a superstar like Mary Kom is scared of me: Pinki Rani


TICKET TO RIO - Pinky is not a strong opponent: Mary

The rivalry between India's top two pugilists, Mary Kom and Pinky Jangra, just refuses to die. The two are on a collision course to decide who will represent India at next month's Asia-Oceania Olympic Qualifiers for the Rio Olympics.

Sachin keeps date with tigers in Umred-Karhandla

Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar sighted his first ever tiger in the wild at Umred-Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary (UKWS).

Dravid may now mentor Daredevils

The legendary batsman, who was associated with the suspended Rajasthan Royals franchise till last year, is in talks with Delhi Daredevils who have let go the services of Gary Kirsten this year.

12 Indian pugilist make professional debut at IBC fight night

Twelve Indian pugilist have made their professional debut at the first IBC Professional Boxing Fight card held here.

Chinese women and Indonesia men win Asia Team Championships titles

China and Indonesia won the Badminton Asia Team Championships in the women and men's categories respectively at the Gachibowli indoor stadium.

Chinese women win Badminton Team Championships

China beat Japan 3-2 in the finals to win the Badminton Asia Team Championships in women's category at the Gachibowli indoor stadium here .

Kidambi Srikanth wants to win a medal at Rio Olympics

Kidambi Srikanth, the top-ranking male Indian shuttler who put up an impressive performance in the Badminton Asia Team Championships here, says he aims to win a medal in the upcoming Rio Olympics.

Sturm eyes retirement after making history

Felix Sturm has left his future open after making history as the first German boxer to win world titles five times following his points win over Russia's Fedor Chudinov.

Saina, Sindhu not very skillful, says Park

Five-time world and former Olympic champion Park Joo Bong has made an interesting observation about India's women's shuttlers Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu.

Shuttlers lose in Asia Championships semis

HS Prannoy, saviour of the hosts for the last two days, could not repeat the magic as his team bowed out of the tie much before his arrival, losing 1-3 to Indonesia in the semifinals of the Badminton Asia Team Championships.

Indian men lose to Indonesia in Badminton Asia semi-final

India men's dream run in the ongoing Badminton Asia Team Championships came to an end after a 1-3 semi-final loss to Indonesia .

We can change Indian boxing's destiny: Sarita Devi

Former world champion L Sarita Devi lamented on the long-dragging administrative mess in Indian boxing but said it is up to the country's boxers to rise above this crisis with their performance at the Rio Olympics.

Who is Pinki, asks Mary Kom

The rivalry between Mary Kom and Pinki Jangra refuses to die. The two are on a collision course to decide who will represent India in 51kg flyweight category at next month's Asia-Oceania Olympic Qualifiers to be held in Quinian, China, from March 23 to April 3.

Japan's coach does not find Saina, Sindhu very skilful

Five-time world and former Olympic champion Park Joo-Bong made an interesting observation about India's women's shuttlers Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu. According to Park, who is the head coach of the Japan team, Saina is not very skilful but very determined and swift on court.

Prannoy, Srikanth star as team Makes Thomas cut

However, Indian women crashed out of the tournament suffering a 0-3 loss against Korea. Despite the loss, the women also made the cut for Uber Cup on the basis of their world ranking points.

Confident Mary Kom targets Rio berth at Olympic qualifiers

Five-time boxing world champion and Olympic bronze medallist MC Mary Kom is all set for the Rio Olympics qualifiers, to be hosted by China in March.

Indian men storm into semifinals of Badminton Asia Team Championships

India's impressive run at the Badminton Asia Team Championships continued as the hosts booked a semi-final berth with a hard fought 3-2 win over former champions Malaysia .

Shikhar Dhawan supports hoisting national flag at universities

Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan supported the Union Government's move to hoist national flag on the campuses of all 46 Central Universities in order to instill nationalism and pride in students.

Virat Kohli's Pakistani fan's bail plea dismissed

Notwithstanding a police clean chit, a Pakistani court has dismissed the bail plea of a young die-hard fan of ace cricketer Virat Kohli who was arrested on treason charges for hoisting the Indian flag atop his home.

WBA sanctions maiden pro fight night in India

In a massive fillip to the still nascent professional boxing scene in India, the country will host its maiden WBA-sanctioned fight card under the aegis of the Indian Boxing Council.

Pacquiao refuses to back down on gay slurs

Philippine boxing great Manny Pacquiao refused to back down Friday over gay slurs that have tarnished his reputation and cost him millions in sponsorship deals, insisting God is on his side.

Badminton team gets mind-trainer

For a long time, Indian badminton team was desperately looking for a mind trainer. They hired a few on temporary basis but never got a permanent one. Now, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has appointed Mridu Sharma as psychologist if the badminton team.

Shuttlers create history with win over Chinese

Indian men made history here by claiming their ma den victory over powerhouse China. The Indians won 3-2 in their last league encounter of the Badminton Asia Team Championships.

India's prospect of throwing another world champion in chess looks bleak

Currently, apart from Anand, four Indians - P Harikrishna (No 14), Parimarjan Negi (No 82), Surya Shekhar Ganguly (No 89) and B Adhiban (No 99) - find themselves in the top-100 of the world rankings.

Sachin Tendulkar's autobiography enters Limca Book of Records

The book has broken all records for an adult hardback across both fiction and non-fiction categories with 1,50,289 copies confirmed on order subscriptions.

Manny Pacquiao says he respects Nike's decision to drop him

Manny Pacquiao said that he respects Nike's decision to sever ties with him over his comments about gay relationships but stood pat on his opposition to same-sex marriage.

Indian men beat China 3-2 in Badminton Asia Team Championships

India defeated a depleted China 3-2 in the men's category of the Badminton Asia Team Championships at the Gachibowli indoor stadium.

Vijender Singh to fight for WBO Asia title in India

Unstoppable so far, star Indian boxer Vijender Singh will now gun for his maiden title in the professional circuit when he fights for the WBO Asia belt come June in front of home fans in the national capital.

Nike axes Pacquiao over gay slurs

US sports equipment giant Nike axed Manny Pacquiao after he described gay couples as "worse than animals", slamming the Filipino boxer's remarks as "abhorrent."

India to bid for World Schools Chess Championship

If everything goes well, Nagpur may host the 2016 World Schools Chess Championship.

Bansod, Bhandarkar excel in HCBA chess tournament

Milind Bansod and Shreerang Bhandarkar emerged table toppers in the recently held eighth High Court Bar Association (HCBA) Chess tournament.

Indian men and women beat Singapore, enter quarterfinals

India began their campaign Badminton Asia Team Championships in style with both men's and women's teams posting victories against their Singapore rivals to make it to the quarterfinals.

Retiring Pacquiao refuses to rule out Mayweather rematch

Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, who will retire this year to focus on his political career, has not ruled out the chances of having a rematch with American boxer Floyd Mayweather.

India register 5-0 win against Singapore, enter quarters

India sailed into the quarterfinals of Badminton Asia Team Championship with a comprehensive 5-0 victory over Singapore .

Badminton: Indonesia, Taipei in quarters

Indonesia and Chinese Taipei made it to the men's quarterfinals of the Badminton Asia Team Championships at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium here .

Retiring Pacquiao opens door to Mayweather rematch

Philippine boxing great Manny Pacquiao has opened the door to a lucrative rematch with Floyd Mayweather, telling AFP he still intends to retire after his next fight but that a comeback is possible.

When AIBA officials threatened to pull out

Thankfully, the crisis blew over after a few parleys and the finals were on after a delay of around 10-15 minutes.

Anand finishes second in Zurich Challenge

Luck deserted Viswanathan Anand again as the Indian had to be content with a second place finish in the Zurich Chess Challenge that concluded here.

Indian boxing officials in process of drafting new constitution

India's boxing officials said that they are in the process of drafting a new constitution and also forming a new national body to ensure that pugilists do not suffer.

Badminton Asia Team Championships: Japan post win in both men and women category


Payment row delays SAG women's boxing finals

There was high drama before the women's boxing finals in the 12th South Asian Games after AIBA-appointed ad-hoc committee officials threatened to pull out claiming "delay in payment" by the organising committee.

Mumbai girl makes it to world's top-six in Chess

Suhaani Lohia, a six-year-old from Mumbai, made a little bit of history when she was ranked among the top six ranked players for players of around her age.

SAG: Perfect 10 for boxers as Mary, Sarita strike gold

MC Mary Kom and Pooja Rani knocked out their respective opponents while L Sarita Devi survived a scare as India grabbed all the three gold medals on offer in women's boxing for an overall clean-sweep of top honours in the 12th South Asian Games .

Ability makes Srikanth dangerous'

The 57-year-old Frost said that Kidambi Srikanth is the most dangerous player among the Indians.

Egypt jails 15 football fans for trying to kill club boss

A court in Egypt jailed 15 hard core football fans known as "ultras" for trying to kill the chairman of the popular Cairo-based Zamalek club, an official said.

Afghans cry foul over Jangra win, allege favouritism

Afghanistan cried foul over the loss of Rahemi Alla Dada in the final of the men's 69kg boxing competition, alleging that the referees "favoured" home favourite Mandeep Jangra.

SAG: Indian boxers make a clean sweep, bag 7 gold medals

Indian boxers packed a powerful punch as they bagged all the seven gold medals on offer in the men's event of 12th South Asian Games .

China, Korea, Thailand emerge victorious in Badminton Asia Team Championship

China, Korea and Thailand emerged victorious after beating their respective opponents in the Badminton Asia Team Championship .

Indian boxing mess: State units hold meeting with ad-hoc panel

Making another attempt at sorting the administrative mess in Indian boxing, representatives of 18 state units held a meeting with the AIBA ad-hoc committee and the coordination panel to discuss formation of a new federation.

IBC collaborates with WBA for Technical Officials seminar

The Indian Boxing Council will collaborate with the World Boxing Association (WBA) to conduct seminars for its technical officials from February 17 to 19 here to equip them for Asian and world level pro-boxing contests.

Administrative mess demotivating boxers: Mary Kom

Olympic bronze-medallist MC Mary Kom said future seems dark for the country's pugilists, who are losing motivation to train.

WATCH: Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon's epic NBA slam dunk contest

Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon put on the greatest slam dunk competition in NBA history on one of the coldest night in Toronto.

Viswanathan Anand keeps lead in Zurich challenge

Former world champion Viswanathan Anand played out two draws to keep his full point lead in the Zurich Chess Challenge.

Indian men favoured to go the distance in Asia C'ship

The pull out of star shuttler Saina Nehwal might have taken the fizz out of Indian women's challenge but the men stand a good chance to go the distance at the Badminton Asia Team Championships which will kick off at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium here .

Mary Kom leads charge

Mary Kom led India's charge in the boxing ring as the hosts booked berths in almost all the weight categories. The men's finals will be held and women's final are scheduled for Tuesday.

Zurich Chess Challenge: Viswanathan Anand in lead after beating Anish Giri

Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand continued his fine form to outwit Anish Giri and move into the sole lead after the end of the second round of Zurich Chess Challenge.

Mary Kom, 5 others in South Asian Games final

M C Mary Kom led the charge as six Indian boxers stormed into the final with comprehensive wins in the first session of semifinals in the 12th South Asian Games .

Boxing mess may lead to mass exodus: official

Bickering in the Indian boxing community may lead to a mass exodus of Olympic medal prospects to the professional circuit as they are "starved" of exposure due to the absence of a national federation, South Asian Games Tournament Director (Boxing) Lenny D'Gama has said.

Without Saina, Indian women face tough task in Asian C'ship

With star shuttler Saina Nehwal not playing, the Indian women's team have a tough task at hand in the Badminton Asia Team Championships beginning at the Gachibowli stadium here tomorrow.

Specialist coach has helped my fitness: Jwala

Her long-standing demand for a specialist coach fulfilled, India's doubles badminton player Jwala Gutta says she has become physically fitter and mentally stronger heading into the Asia Championship starting here tomorrow.

Can't ask me to retire for not hitting sixes: Dhoni

It was a different MS Dhoni who came for the press conference after India's 69-run win over Sri Lanka in the second T20I at JSCA International Cricket Stadium .

Saina pulls out of Badminton Asia Team Championships

Saina Nehwal has pulled out of Badminton Asia Team Championships, starting Monday, owing to an injury that prevented her from participating in the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold tournament and the 12th South Asian Games.

Boxing was nearly scrapped from South Asian Games: Official

Boxing was nearly scrapped from the 12th South Asian Games and almost headed the basketball way but timely intervention by the AIBA appointed coordination committee saved organisers the blushes.

Saina pulls out of Asian Team meet

The chances of Indian women's team in the upcoming the Badminton Asia Team Championship were dented as Saina Nehwal pulled out of the event, to be played at the Gachibowli Stadium, . Parupalli Kashyap had also withdrawn from the event.

New deals for Sindhu, Srikanth

Following in the footsteps of their illustrious senior Saina Nehwal, both PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth have signed a big deal with popular badminton goods supplier Yonex.

Sindhu hoping for better results in Badminton Asia Championship

Top Indian shuttler PV Sindhu, who suffered a shocking defeat recently in the South Asian Games, is confident of putting up a better show in the Badminton Asia Championship to be held here from February 15 to 21.

Gopichand hopeful of a good show by Indian shuttlers

Noting that the Indian squad for the upcoming Badminton Asia Team championship is a combination of experience and youth, chief national coach Pullela Gopichand exuded confidence that the shuttlers would come up with a spirited performance.

Dhaka SAG gold-medallist now Mary Kom's personal coach

The Services boxer had won in the 57kg category at the Dhaka Games.

South Asian Games is a new start for me: Sarita Devi

Excited to compete on home turf for the first time after her ban ended, Indian boxer L Sarita Devi (60kg) said the South Asian Games are nothing short of a new start for her.

India eyeing four Olympic berths in boxing: Gurbax Singh Sandhu

So far, none has qualified for the Olympics with world No. 2 Shiva Thapa (56kg) coming close to it last year before losing in a box-off in the World Championship.

Viswanathan Anand to star in Zurich Challenge

Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand will be back on familiar terrain when he takes on elite opposition in the Zurich Chess Challenge that gets underway here.

Star-studded boxing team geared up for golden sweep at SAG

With seasoned campaigners such as M C Mary Kom and Shiva Thapa leading the charge, India will fancy all 10 gold medals up for grabs when the boxing competition gets underway in the 12th South Asian Games .

Chinese shuttler gets retroactive doping ban

Chinese women's badminton player Yu Xiaohan was hit with a retroactive seven-month ban after she was found last year to have ingested a prohibited substance, the Badminton World Federation said Friday.

Benzema admits to lying over sex tape: Report

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has admitted to lying to fellow France international Mathieu Valbuena over a sex video at the centre of an alleged blackmailing attempt, Le Parisien reported .

Chinese shuttler Yu given backdated seven-month doping ban

The Badminton World Federation has announced a backdated seven-month doping ban for Yu Xiaohan on the eve of the Chinese shuttler's eligibility to return to competition.

It's perfect time to stun Mary Kom: Anusha Kodituwakku

The London Olympics bronze medalist is coming back from a long layoff and she's yet to get back to her best and the Lankan experienced boxer said it's the perfect time to stun the Indian boxing queen.

Sindhu eyeing World top 7 before Rio Olympics

One of the strong medal hopefuls from badminton at the upcoming Olympics, PV Sindhu said she wants to break into the top 7 in world ranking before the Rio Games in August.

Clean sweep by shuttlers; Ruthvika stuns PV Sindhu to win gold

Ruthvika Shivani created the biggest upset by defeating PV Sindhu in straight games to win the women's singles gold medal with India bagging seven gold and five silver medals from the badminton event of the South Asian Games.

Baby girl for British ace Andy Murray

British tennis star Andy Murray has become a father for the first time after his wife Kim Sears gave birth to a baby girl , according to the BBC News.

Stop step-motherly attitude towards doubles: Jwala Gutta

Star shuttler Jwala Gutta once again asked the Badminton Association of India to stop the "step-motherly treatment" towards its doubles players, saying its high time the federation changes its attitude.

Indian shuttlers beat Sri Lanka, win 2 medals

Indian shuttlers opened their account with two gold medals in the men's and women's team events, easily downing their opponents from Sri Lanka in the 12th South Asian Games .

Lokhande wins Salunke memorial chess title

In-form Saurabh Lokhande emerged champion in the Sachin Salunke Memorial 24th NDCA Weekend Rapid Chess tournament which concluded at the Annasaheb Gundewar College Hall .

Dale Steyn runs into deadly snake!

South African pacer Dale Steyn had a close call with a venomous snake in Kruger National Park and he took to Instagram to caution his followers.

Ronaldo, now 31, soccer star and entrepreneur

Cristiano Ronaldo is 31 years old, with his playing career still in full swing and his entrepreneurial profile strengthening with each passing year to capitalize globally on his brand value.

One shot dead at Dublin boxing weigh-in: Police

One man was killed and two others injured when gunmen opened fire on boxing fans at a weigh-in at a Dublin hotel , Irish police said.

Cricketer Irfan Pathan marries 21-year-old Safa from Jeddah

Cricketer Irfan Pathan has tied nuptial knots with a 21-year-old girl from Jeddah. The all-rounder from Baroda married Safa Baig at Haram Shareef in the holy city of Mecca .

Jwala, Srikanth confident of clean sweep at South Asian Games

Celebrated Indian doubles shuttler Jwala Gutta and World No. 9 men's singles player K Srikanth exuded confidence of a clean sweep in badminton event during the 12th South Asian Games which got underway at Guwahati

Ravindra Jadeja gets engaged

Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja got engaged to city-based mechanical engineer Riva Solanki .

More cricketers join Yuvraj Singh's cancer campaign

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Zaheer Khan joined Yuvraj Singh's campaign to educate 100 cancer-affected kids on the World Cancer Day.

Kashyap, Saina pull out of SAG

Ace shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap have withdrawn from the South Asian Games (SAG), which will kick off in Guwahati and Shillong .

Yuvraj Singh foundation launches crowd-funding campaign

Yuvraj Singh has now pledged to take his fight against cancer to the people. On the occasion of World Cancer Day he announced 'Together We Can' a crowd-funding initiative on DesiredWings.com.

Indian doubles shuttlers lack self belief: Malaysian coach

India's new Malaysian doubles coach Tan Kim Her feels only training for long hours won't help the Indian doubles shuttlers in achieving success and they need to start believing in themselves.

Srikanth remains World No. 9, Sindhu slips to 12th

Despite clinching the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold men's title, India's Kidambi Srikanth remained static at World No. 9 while P V Sindhu dropped a place to be No. 12 in the latest BWF rankings released .

Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury ready to 'walk away'

World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is struggling for motivation and could quit boxing, the controversial fighter told the BBC .

NBA: Durant puts free agency talk on back burner to sink Magic

Kevin Durant turned the conversation back to the court and away from his impending free agency with a final-second jump shot that lifted the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 117-114 victory over Orlando Magic .

Aditya Mittal outwits Sriram to take lead in junior chess

In a closely contested game, Mittal overcame the challenge from B Sriram to pick up the full point.

Indian men clubbed with China, women have it easy

Kidambi Srikanth and co will have a first crack at the Chinese Wall while the women heaved a sigh of relief at the Badminton Asia Team Championships draw conducted at a city hotel .

Keep passion alive to fulfil your dreams: Tendulkar tells kids

Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar advised children to work diligently towards achieving their goals and strive to become a good human being.

Chase your dream with passion: Tendulkar

When Sachin Tendulkar used to bat, people used to sit back and enjoy his batting. Now, although, the role has changed, he still holds the centre stage, albeit with his inspiring words.

Easy draw for women, tough for men in Badminton Asia Championship

India's women shuttlers have an easy group league draw being clubbed with Singapore and Japan in the Badminton Asia Championship which will be held from February 15 to 21.

Anand suffers another defeat at Gibraltar Chess

With just three rounds to come in the 185000 pounds sterling festival, Anand remained on four points from his seven games and went out of contention for a podium finish.

Vijender Singh's bout postponed to March

Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh's fourth professional bout was rescheduled from February 23 to March 12 but the venue of the fight remains Liverpool.

Injured Kashyap wants 'rest', gets air-tickets for SAG

Kashyap had already written a letter to Badminton Association of India (BAI) and the Ministry, requesting that he be allowed to skip the the South Asian Games.

IOC gives thumbs-up to anti-Zika measures

IOC chief Thomas Bach has welcomed measures being taken to tackle the mosquito-borne Zika virus and believes the spread of the virus across South America will not adversely affect the Rio de Janeiro Games in August.

Difficult for Jwala-Ashwini to win Olympic medal: Mathias Boe

Mathias Boe feels that India's premier women's combine of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa will find it extremely difficult to pull off a doubles medal at the Rio Olympics.

Fans are more vocal & passionate in India: Charlotte

Born into a family of wrestlers, Ashley Fliehr, aka Charlotte, was in the city for WWE India, and spoke to us about the need for gender equality in wrestling and other sports.

Abhijeet Gupta holds Harikrishna

Continued his dream run, Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta held higher-ranked compatriot P Harikrishna to a draw in the sixth round of the masters section of Tradewise Gibraltar International Chess Festival .

Top Indian shuttlers reluctant to play at SAG

Top Indian shuttlers including Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu are reluctant to play at the upcoming South Asian Games so that their preparations and training schedule for the Rio Olympics does not get affected.

Dubai cop jailed for posting Messi's passport on social media

A Dubai court sentenced a policeman to one month in prison for posting a video showing Argentine football superstar Lionel Messi's passport on social media, local media reported.

Neymar in Brazil tax charges

Barcelona football star Neymar insisted he is innocent of tax evasion allegations, days after losing an appeal against a $112,000 fine for filing irregularities in 2007 and 2008.

Gopi's kids show pedigree

On a day when three shuttlers achieved a grand double each at the ONGC National SubJunior Ranking Tournament, chief coach Pullela Gopichand's children clinched national ranking titles for the first time in the same tournament.

Srikanth third time lucky

Top seed K Srikanth smashed his way past China's Yuxiang Huang 21-13, 14-21, 21-14 to win the men's title at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold badminton championship.

Gopchand's children win titles

On a day when three shuttlers achieved a grand double each at the ONGC National Sub-Junior Ranking Tournament, chief coach Pullela Gopichand's children clinched national ranking titles for the first time in the same tournament.

Lokhande clinches weekend rapid chess crown

In-form Saurabh Lokhande performed well to emerge champion in the 23rd NDCA Weekend Rapid Chess tournament which concluded at the NIT Recreational Centre, Surendra Nagar.

Olympic medallist Narang shoots 'Kanha Untamed'

Olympic bronze medallist Gagan Narang has made a special edition calendar with stunning images that he captured during his visit to the Kanha National Park.

Viswanathan Anand loses again in Gibraltar Chess

Viswanathan Anand continued to struggle in his first open tournament in 23 years as he suffered a shock defeat at the hands of French Grandmaster Adrien Demuth in the fifth round of the masters section of Gibraltar chess festival.

Anand lose again; Harikrishna, Abhijeet among leaders

Viswanathan Anand continued to struggle in his first open tournament in 23 years as he suffered a shock defeat at the hands of French Grandmaster Adrien Demuth in the fifth round of the masters section of Gibraltar chess festival.

Kidambi Srikanth wins Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold title

India's ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth survived a scare to clinch the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold title after defeating unseeded China's Huang Yuxiang 21-13, 14-21, 21-14 in the final .

Korean Sung Ji Hyun wins women's singles at Syed Modi GP

Korean Sung Ji Hyun edged out Japan's Sayaka Sato in the women's singles finals to clinch the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold title at the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor stadium.

Riding on PBL success, BAI mulls league for domestic shuttlers

While the PBL saw the who's who of world badminton descend to India to entertain the spectators with their superior display, the proposed new league could see the Indian stars playing in six different cities after the Rio Olympics.

Kudankulam N-plant resumes power generation

Unit 1 of the Kudankulam nuclear power reactor restarted generation at 7.12am . The power generation has begun seven months after the reactor was shut down for annual maintenance on June 23, 2015.

Srikanth, Pranaav-Akshay enter Syed Modi finals

Indian doubles duo of Akshay Dewalkar and Pranaav Jerry Chopra stunned world no. 7 Koreans Kim Gi Jung and Kim Sa Rang in an edge-of-the-seat semifinals.

Anand held by Russian GM Oparin in Gibraltar Chess

Former world champion Viswanathan Anand was held to a draw by Russian Grandmaster Grigoriy Oparin in the fourth of the Masters section of Tradewise Gibraltar Chess festival.

Sung counting on her experience to handle pressure at Olympics

The Chinese shuttlers might continue to be a strong force in women's singles, but World No. 7 Korean Sung Ji Hyun feels she has the experience and skills to handle pressure.

Qualifiers Nikkita-Aditi enter All India Sub-Junior Ranking badminton semis

Qualifiers Nikkita and Aditi stunned local players Poojitha Goudi Cherla and M Meghana Reddy 21-17, 22-20 in the 25-minute quarterfinal.

Srikanth wins, Pranaav-Akshay stun World No 8

K Srikanth entered the semi-finals but it was the stunning win of doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar over their world number eight opponents from Denmark that was the highlight of the day at Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold.
Source: Times of India News

02 March 2016

Monthly Science News 2016 February

Rare nine crore-year-old coral fossil found in Narmada valley

In a rare discovery, palaeontologists have stumbled upon a nine crore-year-old rare coral fossil similar to that of brain coral in Bagh beds of Narmada valley region.

NASA invites India to jointly explore Mars, send astronauts


Asteroid 2013 TX68 may impact Earth in 2017: Nasa

Nasa has dramatically changed its mind about the risks posed by asteroid 2013 TX68, a 100ft-wide rock which is currently heading towards the Earth.

India to establish lab to study gravitational waves: Narendra Modi

India has decided to establish a Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) where gravitational waves can be studied, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced . In his monthly radio programme Mann ki Baat, Modi said Indian scientists were also in the research team that studied gravitational waves.

Study finds a link between oral bacteria and oesophageal cancer


The left half - right half divide in human brains is a myth, scientist says

It is a common belief that left and right halves of brains have opposing skill sets. However, Jeffrey Anderson, a leading scientist from the University of Utah, has conducted research to compare how different sides operate and confirmed that the left-right, creative-logic dichotomy is simply a myth.

The wealthier you are, the more you chase well-being, says survey

A recent survey on womens health across five countries, including India, has confirmed what weve known all along: that wealth and well-being go hand in hand.

Vision impairment of over 100 million people correctable: Study

Nearly 108 million people in the world are suffering from correctable vision impairment, a global study has estimated. Uncorrected refractive error (URE); nearsightedness, farsightedness, and other focusing problems are correctable, according to the study.

Why planes dim their lights when landing, according to a pilot

The custom of dimming lights for landing is a security measure which has long perplexed many aeroplane passengers. Many travellers are unclear if its meant to force those on board to put down their books or phones and pay attention, or if the lighting is simply a ploy by airline staff to ensure a dramatic finale when they finally touch down.

Chinese researchers in South Pole expedition grow vegetables

For the first time, Chinese scientists taking part in a 400-day South Pole research expedition could eat fresh vegetables grown regularly on-site. Wang Zheng, the grower came home last month from Antarctica. It is similar to The Martian, a sci-fi movie, where astronaut goes potatoes on Mars.

Bacteria overgrowth could be major cause of stunting in children

A study conducted in neighbouring Bangladesh has shown that excessive growth of bacteria in the small intestine of children could be the reason for stunted growth.

British scientists say depleting enzyme hastens aging

British scientists have identified a key enzyme whose activity levels diminishes with age, triggering wrinkles and drooping of skin. Their study, published online in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, could pave the way for newer anti-aging therapies.

New Penn study links moving more with longer life

Every bit of activity counts. People who walk around, wash dishes or sweep the floor are likely to live longer than people who sit at a desk, concluded a new research at the University of Pennsylvania.

Pollinators no. falls, to hit global food supply

Study Says Crop Production Worth $577Bn Faces Risk

Ray of hope: Doctors perform 1st uterus transplant in US

Surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic have performed the first uterus transplant in the US, the clinic announced .

Computer tablets, smartphones can empower people with intellectual disabilities, says research

New research from Concordia University in Montreal shows that digital devices such as tablets and smartphones can go a long way in helping people with intellectual disabilities face up to the stigma of their condition.

Single human antibody shows promise against Ebola

A single monoclonal antibody isolated from a human survivor of Ebola virus disease completely protects monkeys from the lethal virus, and promises a potential treatment for infected humans, a new research shows. The antibody mAb114 was effective even when given five days after exposure to the virus.

˜As happy for LIGO as I was for my prediction 45 years ago

Professor CV Vishveshwara, 77, is a quiet man bubbling with potential energy which is only a question away from being converted into kinetic. Physics has kept him active for over five decades now and the announcement made by scientists from the Laser Interferometric Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) project on February 11 has added a new spring to his life.

Scott Kelly poised to set NASA record for consecutive days in space

, Scott Kelly is to turn over command of the International Space Station to his fellow NASA astronaut Timothy L Kopra and climb into a Russian Soyuz capsule. A few hours later, he will land in Kazakhstan, ending 340 consecutive days in space ” a record for a NASA astronaut.

Zika virus linked to stillbirth: Study

According to a recent study, Zika virus could lead stillbirth among other physical and neurological disorders. It is the first report to indicate a possible association of congenital Zika virus and damage to tissues outside the central nervous system, said Yale researchers.

Students ready with satellite to study pollution

D V A Raghava Murthy, who retired last month as the head of earth observation systems, Isro, said the engineering model of SB Sat was undergoing tests and is ready for clearance of the flight model.

The language you speak does not change how you hear music, study finds

A study on bilingual English and German speakers found that when speaking English, they were more action-orientiated than when speaking German.

Fast radio bursts: Scientists hint at source of universes most mysterious message

Scientists have found the source of the universes most mysterious message, tracing it to two colliding stars far away from us. Scientists have been hunting for years for the source of fast radio bursts ” strange messages that come to us from deep in the universe. They sometimes last for less than a millisecond, and scientists have been able to learn very little about why they are happening or where they might be coming from.

Ageing skin may become a thing of the past as scientists hail breakthrough in fight against wrinkles


A robot that has fun at telemarketers expense

By night, Roger Anderson wages battles against evil telemarketers, tweaking and honing a robot that can talk endlessly to telemarketers, wasting their time so they dont have to waste yours.

New bio-inspired material to harvest water from thin air

Harvard scientists have designed a new material inspired by organisms such as cacti, pitcher plants and desert beetles that can effectively harvest water from thin air. The research is the first step towards developing a system that can efficiently collect water and guide it to a reservoir, researchers said.

Using thin avatars in gaming can help you stay fit

Gamers who use thin avatars show increased physical activity compared to those who use obese avatars, a new study has found.

Moon to eclipse Aldebaran in night sky

The moon will hide star Aldebaran (Rohini Nakshtra) in March in an interesting astronomical phenomenon.The event will take place close to 8pm in India on March 14.

Has LIGO proved Indian black hole experts 45-yr-old prediction?

LIGOs finding hasnt just proved Einstein right, according to Research Collective Gubbi Labs, whose statement has claimed that the finding of gravitational waves has proved an important concept predicted by Bengaluru-based scientist CV Vishveshwara, a black holes experts.

Talcum powder and the Big C

This question must have troubled everyone who read the front-page news of an American court asking Johnson & Johnson company to pay $72 million of damages to the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer was linked to her use of the company's talc-based baby powder and Shower to Shower for decades.

National Science Festival to showcase 200 projects on 27th

NES International School Mumbai - IB World School in association with South Asian IB Schools Association (SAIBSA) is hosting the NES National Science Festival, A tribute to Nobel Laureate Sir C.V. Raman on his discovery of Raman Effect since last 5 years

Huge fireball explodes over Atlantic as meteor strikes

A meteor flew into the atmosphere about 960 km off the coast of Brazil. As it did so, it exploded in the air and unleashed a huge blaze in the Atlantic sky, unleashing the same amount of energy as the first atomic bomb, but nobody was really around to see it.

Startup puts diagnostic lab on a chip

Bengaluru-based biotech start-up Achira Labs, which boasts of 25 patents for six unique inventions, says has mastered the technique of lab-on-chip with their product -- Acix 100-- which will hit the market mid 2016, while their silk stiprs for diabetes, HIV and other tests is the next in the line scheduled for a year-end launch.

30 million-year-old rock found during stadium construction

Rock samples of the 'Dukhan rock' about 20 to 30 million years old have been unearthed under one of the stadiums being built for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar‹. The project manager said that this is a remarkable find for a stadium construction site, as usually this type of rock is found in deeper tunneling works.

Dodos were not that dumb, new research finds

The famous extinct bird dodo, popularly thought to be stupid, was actually quite smart, new research shows. Its brain size compared to its body size was on par with pigeons, who are considered to be moderately intelligent, said researchers who analyzed a preserved dodo skull.

Dodos were not that dumb, new research finds

The famous extinct bird dodo, popularly thought to be stupid, was actually quite smart, new research shows. Its brain size compared to its body size was on par with pigeons, who are considered to be moderately intelligent, said researchers who analyzed a preserved dodo skull.

Sea sponges were the first animals on Earth, scientists discover

According to researchers at the world-famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology, sea sponges pre-date the Cambrian explosion, an evolutionary period that began around 540 million years ago, during which a large number of new animals appeared.

Otzi the icemans vocal tract to be recreated to hear Stone Age vowels

It has been more than 5,000 years since an unfortunate encounter with another stone-age man armed with a bow and arrow saw Otzi the iceman in South Tyrol meet his maker.

Sea level rising at fastest rate in last 28 centuries

The worsening of tidal flooding in American coastal communities is largely due to greenhouse gases from human activity, and the problem will grow far worse in coming decades, scientists have reported.

Nasa releases 'Moon music' heard by astronauts

Nasa has made public the recording of the mysterious 'outer-space music' that Apollo 10 mission astronauts heard as their spacecraft flew around the far side of the Moon in 1969.

Shifting tide: Breast cancer is number 1 killer of women

Breast cancer has surpassed cervical cancer as the most common form of cancer In India. Doctors are worried as diagnosis is expensive and challenging. In 2015, the estimated number of cervical cancer patients is 93,000 and for breast cancer the number is 1,34,000.

Soon, a non-invasive, saliva-based diabetes test

In a matter of months, diabetics may no longer have to suffer a painful prick to test sugar levels. DiabetOmics, a global medical diagnostics company, is developing the worlds first patented non-invasive, saliva-based diabetes monitoring test.

Take concrete steps to fight antibiotic resistance, turn pledges into action: WHO

World Health Organization (WHO) sought urgent measures to curb antibiotic resistance, warning that if steps were not taken, even common bacterial infections would become untreatable and fatal.

Peanut had its origin in Bolivia: Icrisat scientist part of groundnut gene sequencing

In a scientific breakthrough that promises accelerated gene discovery and development of improved peanut (also known as groundnut) cultivars, researchers have completed high quality sequencing of the ancestral genomes of the crop.

Ligo India: Big science project with big benefits

The project of Ligo India will not just help a new generation of physicists, but it will also bring precision engineering to the Indian industry. Prime Minister Modi hints at building a gravitational wave observatory in the country. The Union Cabinet has cleared Rs.1,200 crore for the project.

This app helps improve workplace nutrition, up productivity

A growing number of companies are offering their employees digital tools to help improve their eating habits in hopes of increasing productivity, reducing sick days and cutting healthcare costs.

Apollo 10 astronauts heard odd ˜music on far side of moon

Apollo 10 astronauts heard an œeerie and œouter spacey music as they passed around the dark side of the Moon, it has been revealed in an audio, declassified by Nasa.

Coming, a `smart' window that turns into a TV screen

Imagine a window in your living room that could double as a giant thermostat or a big TV screen. A new glass technology may make it possible.

You can soon download films on mobiles in 5 sec

On the outskirts of this sleepy commuter town just south o London, plans are underway to build the fastest cellphone network in the world.

Stanford comes with cheap blood test to detect TB

A blood test devised by Stanford University's researchers could emerge as the easiest and cheapest way to diagnose active tuberculosis, which kills 1.5 million people every year. They have identified a gene expression that distinguishes patients with active tuberculosis from those with either latent tuberculosis or other diseases, said a research paper published online in Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal.

Urological cancers on the rise in India

While oral cancer is the most common cancer among Indian men, experts at an international symposium held in Mumbai over the weekend pointed out that cases of urological cancers too are on the rise in the country.

A portable device that can detect Ebola

Researchers have developed a low-cost and portable diagnostic device that can be used to detect Ebola infection and many other diseases. The device runs on battery and is completely self-sustained. It operates seamlessly with inexpensive microscopes and provides high levels of accuracy.

Researchers develop portable device that can detect Ebola, other diseases

Researchers have developed a low-cost and portable diagnostic device that can be used to detect Ebola infection and many other diseases. The device runs on battery and is completely self-sustained. It operates seamlessly with inexpensive microscopes and provides high levels of accuracy.

Dengue vaccination starts in the Philippines

French vaccine-maker Sanofi Pasteur announced that vaccinations with Dengvaxia-the first vaccine approved for the prevention of dengue-- have commenced in the Philippines.

Ventilation ˜corridors to tackle Beijing smog

Authorities in Beijing plan to develop a network of ventilation œcorridors to help tackle the citys notorious air pollution, news agency Xinhua reported .

Exposure to air pollution may up obesity, diabetes risk

Exposure to polluted air may increase the risk of obesity and lead to high cholesterol and more insulin resistance, a precursor of Type 2 diabetes, a new study has warned.

A black hole in 5D could spell doom for relativity theory

Scientists have shown how a ring-shaped black hole could cause Einsteins general theory of relativity, a foundation of modern physics, to break down ” assuming the universe contains at least five dimensions.

Shape-shifting nanoparticles to deliver drugs

Scientists have designed a set of shape-shifting nanoparticles attached to strands of DNA that can deliver drugs directly to cancer cells, while minimising side effects such as hair loss and skin damage.

Diagnosis of liver fibrosis possible through blood test

Now, there is a blood test that can detect liver fibrosis, which is caused due to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, providing an option less invasive than the existing ones.

Our organs too may have sexual identities

The organs in our body may have a sexual identity of their own, according to new research which may shed light on why some cancers are more common in women, and others in men. The idea that our organs could be "male" or "female" raises the possibility that women and men may need different treatments as a result, researchers said.

Richard Branson unveils spaceship

Richard Bransons Virgin Galactic venture unveiled a new passenger spacecraft , nearly 16 months after a fatal accident destroyed its sister ship during a test flight over Californias Mojave Desert.

Stars with longest duration stellar eclipse discovered

An unnamed binary star system, known only by its astronomical catalogue number TYC 2505-672-1, has set a new record. One, for the longest duration stellar eclipse (3.5 years) , which is a near-total eclipse that lasted for three and a half years, along with the longest period between two eclipses, 69 years, in a binary system.

China hunts for aliens. And scientists

This week, China announced that its relocating 9,110 villagers to make way for a giant telescope that will search for extraterrestrial life.

How genes may influence ageing decoded

Previous studies have found that blood levels of the hormone GDF11 decrease over time. Restoration of GDF11 reverses cardiovascular ageing in old mice and leads to muscle and brain rejuvenation, Scientists have now discovered that levels of this hormone are determined by genetics.

Homeopathy found to be effective for 0 out of 68 illnesses

A total of 57 systematic reviews, containing the 176 individual studies, focused on 68 different health conditions - and found there to be no evidence homeopathy was more effective than placebo on any.

Nasa to simulate growing potatoes on Mars

Do Perus potatoes have the right stuff ? Thats the question scientists will be asking in Lima next month, when a selection of tubers will begin undergoing tests to determine whether theyre fit to grow on Mars.

Poor diet causes more premature deaths than smoking or drinking

Unhealthy eating has been named as the most common cause of premature death around the globe, new data has revealed.

Coming: Bat-inspired micro air vehicles

Researchers, led by an Indian-origin scientist, have designed innovative membrane wings inspired by bats, paving the way for a new breed of unmanned micro air vehicles (MAVs) that can fly over long distances and are more economical to run.

The biggest cause of early death in the world is not smoking or alcohol - it's what you eat

Unhealthy eating has been named as the most common cause of premature death around the globe, new data has revealed.

Vegetarians are 'less healthy and have a lower quality of life than meat-eaters', scientists say

Vegetarians are less healthy than meat-eaters, a controversial study has concluded, despite drinking less, smoking less and being more physically active than their carnivorous counterparts.

New Nasa telescope to help unlock secrets of universe

Nasa has started work on a new telescope with a view 100 times bigger than that of Hubble Space Telescope that may help unravel the mysteries of dark matter and advance the search for alien life. The mission is led by Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Centre in Maryland.

Experience of beauty can be measured, says British neurobiologist

AHMEDABAD: Can experience of beauty be measured? 'Yes' was the answer that Professor of Neurobiologist at University College London, UK, Semir Zeki had to this subjective question.

Myopia may affect half by world by 2050

Blame it on increasing computer use or a genetic disposition, but half the world's population - that is, early 5 billion people -- will be short-sighted (myopic) by 2050.

Zika virus: Study supports link to microcephaly

In what experts describe as another piece of evidence linking Zika with the risk of birth defects, researchers reported finding the virus in the amniotic fluid of two pregnant women whose foetuses were diagnosed with microcephaly.

'Bullying could lead to ADHD in childhood, depression in adulthood'

The medical problem of low birth weight could haunt children right up to their adulthood. A new study from Canada says that low birth babies children born prematurely or with low birth weight could develop mental illness as adult if they are bullied.

On this world, a solar eclipse lasts three and a half years

A team of astronomers discovered an astonishing world, currently called TYC 2505-672-1, which sets a new record for both the longest duration stellar eclipse and the longest period between eclipses in a binary system.

Take precautions to lower cholesterol with age

With emerging evidence in support of cholesterol, many doctors have started harping on the fact that the fat-like substance is not all evil. Doctors say it is a very important biological molecule and even essential for our body.

IPR to build world's most powerful gravity-sensing LIGO

The Institute for Plasma Research (IPR), Gandhinagar, is going to build the world's most advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational Observatory (LIGO-India) to detect gravitational waves.The IPR-built observatory will be the third of its kind in the world.

India moves to create own LIGO project to study graviational waves

The government gave an œin-principle approval for establishing a state-of-the-art LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) project in the country which will bring unprecedented opportunities for scientists to dig deeper into the realm of gravitation wave.

Nasa invites ISRO to US for possible collaboration

As American space agency Nasa looks forward to sending astronauts to Mars, it has invited the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for a possible international collaboration.

New way to turn sunlight into hydrogen developed

Inspired by the way plants convert sunlight into energy, Korean scientists have developed a new type of multi-layered photoelectrode that boosts the ability of solar water-splitting to produce hydrogen.

Anti-inflammatory properties of green tea can cure rheumatoid arthritis

Good news for all green tea lovers, a new study has found that green tea can help curing debilitating autoimmune disorder rheumatoid arthritis.

Isro orbiter to scan India's air for pollutants

The Space Applications Centre (SAC) of Isro and Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) of University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies are collaborating on developing the `Next Generation Earth Monitoring and Observation and Aerosol Monitoring' (NEMO-AM) satellite. This is among Isro's most important high-performance nano-satellite missions for the country.

Socialize after retirement to live long: Study

Joining social groups such as book clubs or church groups after retirement is linked to a longer life, a new study has claimed.

New microbes that thrive deep inside Earth discovered

Scientists have discovered a group of microbes that live several kilometres under the surface of Earth, need no light or oxygen and can only be seen in a microscope. They were able to determine how these microbes should be classified and what physiologies they use to thrive under extreme conditions.

Cancer breakthrough: T-cell therapy offers prospect of lasting cure, say scientists

Patients with advanced blood cancers who were not expected to live beyond five months show complete remission after 18 months. Scientists find ways of commandeering the natural killing capacity of T-cells to identify, memorise and attack tumour cells.

Poisonous flower fossil of potato-tomato family found frozen in amber

NA 20-30 million year old flower, preserved in amber, is the ancestor of everything from the potato to tomatoes, tobacco, petunias and our morning cup of coffee, researchers from Oregon State University and Rutgers University have announced.

3D 'bioprinters' could soon make organs and human tissue good enough for transplant, researchers say

Human tissue and organs good enough to be used for transplants could soon be made using a custom-designed 3D œbioprinter that would help solve the problem of donor shortages.

Virtual reality therapy can help fight depression

A virtual reality therapy could help people with depression be less critical and more compassionate towards themselves, reducing depressive symptoms, a new study has found.

Southeast Asia to see total solar eclipse on March 8

Ever witnessed a total solar eclipse? Here's a chance for all the space lovers. Come March 8, 2016, the moon will cast its shadow on earth as it is all set to pass in front of the sun.

India is one of the best places for locating another gravitational wave detector: LIGO executive director David Reitze

In his first interaction with any Indian newspaper, physicist and Laser Interferometric Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) Executive Director David Reitze tells TOIs Chethan Kumar that India is the first choice for the expansion of the project and that they are anxious to have a detector here at the earliest.

Speech disorder can lead to brain disease

Apraxia, a problem with speech programming, can lead to neurodegenerative disease - a condition that affects neurons in the human brain, a study says.

2116: Underwater cities, downloadable meals and 3D-printed houses just a century away, report claims

Super skyscrapers, underwater cities and 3D-printed homes will all be a reality in 100 years' time, according to a new report on life in the future.

Learning second language can delay ageing of the brain, say scientists

Learning a second language can boost thinking skills, improve mental agility and delay the ageing of the brain, according to scientists who believe that speaking minority languages should be positively encouraged in schools and universities.

500-year-old ship is raised from riverbed

A medieval ship has been raised after half a century of resting on a riverbed in the Netherlands.

Iceberg grounding in Antarctica kills 150,000 penguins

Some 150,000 penguins died after a massive iceberg grounded near their colony in Antarctica, forcing them to make a lengthy trek to find food, scientists say in a newly-published study.

Chinese scientists achieve temperatures three times hotter than the sun

A nuclear reactor in China has created plasma at a temperature of 50 million Kelvins (49.999 million degrees Celsius or 90 million Fahrenheit) for 102 seconds.

New computer model to predict right-size heart valves

Scientists, including one of Indian origin, have developed computer simulations to determine if a pulmonary valve will fit an individual's heart, even before the surgery takes place.

Increasing water on land slowing down rising seas

While ice sheets and glaciers continue to melt, climate change over the past decade has caused Earth's continents to soak up and store an extra 3.2 trillion tons of water in soils, lakes and underground aquifers -- temporarily slowing the rate of sea level rise by about 20 percent, scientists have revealed.

IVF doctors making impossible possible: Harsh Vardhan

Union minister Harsh Vardhan hailed the role of doctors performing In vitro fertilisation (IVF) saying they were making the impossible possible.

Prepare for ˜Guerrilla warfare with Zika-carrying mosquitoes, experts warn

Nearly a year after the first cases of Zika were diagnosed in Brazil, the virus, which is suspected to cause birth defects and other neurological problems, is bearing down on American shores. It is already in Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands. There have been more than 50 cases of Americans infected abroad, and most experts believe that by summer, the continental United States will have some of its own homegrown cases, meaning that domestic mosquitoes will have the virus.

New-age drugs can prevent strokes

There is evidence to show that popping right dosages of new-age blood thinners can reduce risks of strokes in thousands of Indian patients with irregular heartbeats, said doctors during a discussion at the ongoing heart convention at the India Society of Cardiology in Chennai.

Experts stop calling out to comet lander as hope fades

European scientists said that they have stopped sending commands to the Philae space probe, which became the first to touch down on a comet more than a year ago.

Now well listen to the stars, courtesy gravitational waves

The landmark discovery of the first direct evidence of gravitational waves or ripples in space-time, which Albert Einstein predicted a century ago, will enable mankind to listen to the stars, and not just see them, scientists say.

Coming, shoes that can charge smartphones as you walk

Scientists have developed an innovative energy-harvesting technology that can capture the power of human motion to charge mobile electronic devices such as smartphones and laptops.

A chip in brain to help paraplegics move prosthetics

Scientists, including one of Indian origin, have developed a smart chip that can be paired with neural implants for efficient wireless transmission of brain signals to help combat Parkinsons disease or allow paraplegic people to move their prosthetic limbs.

Scientists bid farewell to comet lander Philae

It is time to bid final good bye to the Philae lander, a fridge-sized machine that landed on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on November 12, 2014, the European Space Agency announced . Philae lander is facing conditions on the comet from which it is unlikely to recover.

˜Find comes exactly 100 years after Einsteins paper

It's existed since the beginning of time, when the Universe was created by the Big Bang. Humanity has always accepted it as an immutable force. The detection of gravitational waves is a big moment and an overwhelming one, said Sanjeev Dhurandhar, one of the key scientists involved in the announcement made at a US National Science Foundation news conference. I never thought I would see this detection of gravitational waves happen in my lifetime, director of Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Somak Raychaudhury, said .

Its like a new world opening up for us: Indian scientist

Varun Bhalerao from InterUniversity Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUUCA), who is also a part of the gravitational waves project, has an interesting way of explaining the discovery of gravitational waves to a layman. Think of a person with a hearing impairment.

Education cuts dementia risk

The risk of developing dementia is decreasing for people with at least a high school education, says a new study that suggests that changes in lifestyle and improvements in physical health can help prevent or delay cognitive decline.

US hospital to perform 1st HIV+ organ transplants

Johns Hopkins said it was set to perform the first kidney and liver transplants between HIV positive donors and HIV positive patients in the US, a development that advocates said could create a lifesaving pipeline for HIV patients while shortening organ donor waiting lists for all.

Drones to trace those lost in forests

Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence software for drones to autonomously recognise and navigate through complex environments, and help rescue people lost in forests and mountain areas.

Einstein's century old prediction confirmed; Gravitational wave detection: How binary stars turn into tight pairs of massive black holes

The Advanced LIGO team has announced the direct detection of gravitational waves, a major milestone in the history of science that confirms one of Einsteins predictions and opens a new window into the near and far Universe. The detection of gravitational waves could allow scientists to build something like a time machine to look into the earliest and darkest parts of the universe.

The world's most sophisticated science machines: LIGO

The machines that gave scientists their first-ever glimpse at gravitational waves are the most advanced detectors ever built for sensing tiny vibrations in the universe.

Einsteins was right, gravitational waves do exist

In 1915, Albert Einstein had said that Isaac Newton, who had unified Galileo Galileis theory of falling bodies with German astronomer Johannes Keplers laws of planetary motion and published his laws of motion and universal gravitation, was not entirely correct.

Hundreds of galaxies hidden behind Milky Way discovered

Scientists have discovered hundreds of galaxies just 250 million light years away from Earth that had been hidden from view by our Milky Way. This may help explain the mysterious gravitational anomaly ” "Great Attractor" ” that seems to be pulling hundreds of thousands of other galaxies towards it.

Auto industry cannot justify diesel plan projecting Europe as their poster boy: CSE

In a dramatic development in December, 2015, a group of 24 scientists from leading scientific institutions in Europe, supported by scientists from the US, issued an open letter to the European policy-makers, expressing strong concern over impact of diesel cars on air quality of Europe, says NGO Centre for Science and Environment.

Removing sugar from diet for just nine days can have 'dramatic results,' new study claims

The study, published by the journal Obesity, substituted the sugar intake of 43 obese children with starch and claims to have demonstrated sugar is dangerous not because of its calories but because of the strain it places on the bodys metabolism.

Now, study links Zika virus to eye damage in babies

Infants infected with the Zika virus may be born not only with unusually small heads, but also with eye abnormalities that threaten vision, researchers reported in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology.

WHO lauds Indias mission to deworm 270 million children in a day

World Health Organization congratulated India for launching one of the largest public health campaigns to deworm 270 million people in the age group of one to 19 years, in a single day across the country. Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO regional director for South-East Asia, confirmed on the same.

Bacteria can see like human beings

It has taken scientists over 300 years to finally figure out how bacteria "see" their world, and they do it in a remarkably similar way to us.

Cotton candy inspires tech to produce organs

Taking a cue from cotton candy machines, scientists have developed a 3D artificial capillary system that can keep living cells viable and functional for more than a week, thus paving the way for making life-sized artificial livers, kidneys, bones and other essential organs.

Global warming likely to extend for next 10,000 years, says study

The damaging climate consequences of carbon emissions will grow and persist for millennia without a dramatic new global energy strategy, a new study has warned.

Bacteria can 'see' by using their body as lens

A team of British and German researchers claimed to have found that a tiny bacteria can see their world the same way humans see. Bacterial cells act as the equivalent of a microscopic eyeball or the world's oldest and smallest camera eye, the scientists have found.

Too much or too less: India battles body mass index blues

A staggeringly large number of Indians in 15 states are either overweight or underweight, and suffer from anaemia, according to the latest release of National Family and Health Survey (NFHS 4).

46 years on, Beatles still boost Liverpool economy

Money, the Beatles sang in 1963, was what they wanted. Now, 53 years later, and 46 years after the group split in 1970, their home town of Liverpool is raking in more and more hard cash on the back of the Fab Four.

Nasa taps sports balls to decode aerodynamics

Nasascientists, including one of Indianorigin, are studying the aerodynamics involved in sports balls moving through the air in order to learn how to make aircraft more Earth-friendly or help a spacecraft take the most efficient route to Mars.

X-rays, nanoparticles can kill cancer

Nanoparticles used in combination with X-rays are a viable method for killing cancer cells deep within the living body, a new study has found.

Found: Cold dust grains in ˜Flying Saucer

An international team has found unexpectedly cold dust grains in a planetforming disc nicknamed the œFlying Saucer, about 400 light years from Earth.

Sudden cardiac death may soon be a thing of past

Scientists at a US university have developed a possible treatment to prevent hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) - a common cause of sudden death in young athletes - using a study conducted by researchers more than 15 years ago.

Psychiatric disorders genetically linked to diabetes

US scientists have found link between psychiatric disorders and type 2 diabetes. According to them, the "DISC1" gene which plays a role in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, influences function of pancreatic beta cells which produce insulin to maintain normal blood glucose levels.

New tarantula named after Johnny Cash

Scientists scouring the fields of Folsom, California found a new kind of black tarantula which they have named after Johnny Cash, the American music legend.

Dinosaur-like features in ancient mammal found

Scientists have discovered that an ancient hoofed mammal had very unusual features similar only to the nasal crests of lambeosaurine hadrosaur dinosaurs, showing a convergent evolution across millions of years between two very distantly related species.

Nasa craft spots floating hills in Plutos heart

Nasas New Horizons spacecraft has captured images of frozen nitrogen glaciers on Pluto carrying numerous floating hills that may be fragments of water ice, giving an insight into the dwarf planets fascinating and abundant geological activity.

Michelangelo defied arthritic hands to create masterpieces

Renowned Italian artist Michelangelo likely suffered from arthritis in his later years, but addiction to work may have extended the use of his hands until he died, a new study suggests.

Fixing worn-out cells ups elixir of youth hope

Elixir-of-youth treatments that slow ageing could be on the horizon after an experiment on mice in which its lifespan was extended by up to 35%.

Elixir of youth tested successfully on mice

Elixir-of-youth treatments that slow ageing could be on the horizon after an extraordinary experiment in which the lifespan of mice was extended by up to 35 per cent.

Nasa's Juno to complete its six-year journey to Jupiter

Nasa's Jupiter-bound solar-powered Juno spacecraft has successfully executed a manoeuvre to adjust its flight path, setting the stage for its rendezvous with the solar system's largest planet. Juno was launched in 2011, will arrive at Jupiter in July.

Mystery of Ice age causing missing CO2 solved

A long standing environmental mystery appears to have been solved “ and it may contain lessons for todays runaway global warming. Scientists have long puzzled over the fact that twenty thousand years ago, carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere fell so low that the earth was enveloped in ice, the era now known as the Ice Age.

The 'five second rule' is real, say Nasa engineers

The five second rule - the urban food myth, ever-justifying your decision to eat a dropped tasty treat “ does exist, according to two Nasa engineers.

CSIR launches first ayurvedic anti-diabetic drug

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) launched BGR-34 -- the country's first anti-diabetic ayurvedic drug designed for Type-2 diabetes mellitus, which has been scientifically validated for its efficacy and safety.

Killing cancer cells: Get them addicted to drugs

Scientists in the UK have found a new way to combat cancer by getting tumour cells addicted to drugs that will kill them in minutes.

Centre to set up a research lab to understand earthquake mechanism in Mahrashtra's Koyna region

The ministry of earth science will set up up a research lab - Borehole Geophysics Research Laboratory at Karad in Maharashtra to understand earthquake mechanism in the Koyna region of the state.

Earth made up of two planets after 'violent collision' with Theia 4.5bn years ago, UCLA scientists find

A planetary embryo called Theia, thought to be around the size of Mars or Earth, collided with Earth 4.5 billion years ago when our planet was just 100 million years old. Scientists also say the event also created the moon.

Worlds first robot-run farm set to open in Japan

A Japanese firm said it would open the worlds first fully automated farm with robots handling almost every step of the process, from watering seedlings to harvesting crops.

Scientists give C-section babies healthy germs

Researchers have found a way to give beneficial bacteria to C-section babies. Bacteria in and on the human skin, mouth and gut play a crucial role in digestion, metabolism and immunity. But babies born by caesarean section have different microbes than their peers who travel through the birth canal.

Graphene in implants may help control robotic arms in amputees

Scientists have developed graphene electrodes that can be implanted in the brain to control robotic arms n amputees or help restore sensory functions in patients with motor disorders such as Parkinson's disease.

Vaccine for Zika Virus may be years away, disease experts warn

The search is on to develop a vaccine to halt the disease, which could infect as many as 4 million people by the end of the year. But even as a host of companies have announced plans to develop a vaccine, disease experts say it could be years before an effective product makes its way to the public.
Source: Times of India News
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